Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Love’em and Leave’em

The Trump juggernaut turned out to be a Yugo:

Donald Trump has had one of the quickest rises and falls in the history of Presidential politics. Last month we found him leading the Republican field with 26%. In the space of just four weeks he’s dropped all the way down to 8%, putting him in a tie for fifth place with Ron Paul.

That’s a great opening for the next big thing: Newt!

In particular, Mr. Gingrich is a devotee of the historian Arnold J. Toynbee, who meditated on the concept of “departure and return” — the idea that great leaders have to leave (or be banished from) their kingdoms before they can better themselves and return as conquering heroes. One of Newt’s heroes, the French general and statesman Charles de Gaulle, embodies just this kind of romantic narrative, having spent 12 years out of power before returning to lead his country. So does Ronald Reagan, who traveled the country after losing his bid for the Republican nomination in 1976, then came roaring back to win it all four years later.

And when the bloom falls off that particular rose, there’s always the next Bush:

Bush family encouraging Jeb to run for President in 2012. Family/surrogates also taking steps to muddy GOP field for possible Bush entry.

Who’s next? Alan Keyes?